Philip Morris USA Supports U.Va.

Philip Morris USA Supports Medical Research and Business Leadership with $25 Million Gift to U.Va.

We are pleased to receive this gift from Philip Morris USA. The gift supports research that may ultimately prevent or cure addictions and serious diseases, such as lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema, said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. “Faculty researchers here are engaged in ground-breaking molecular research aimed at identifying the genes that make certain people susceptible to chemical and nicotine dependencies, and others apparently not susceptible, and at developing medical-imaging techniques to enhance medical understanding of smoking-related illnesses. This generous gift will provide the means to continue that research and to expand on it.

$5M of that gift is earmarked for the business school. I guess Philip Morris expects U.Va. to produce graduates who are capable of coming up with marketing strategies for selling tobacco in a world where cigarette smoking is banned in public places.

Am I the only person who thinks there might be a conflict of interest here?

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